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Today in The Washington Post. Review of my solo exhibition "Witnesses" at House of Sweden in Washington DC written by Mark Jenkins. On display until March 11, 2018.

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I am reaching out to share a unique opportunity for women in the DC area. Vital Voices Global Partnership will be hosting the annual Global Mentoring Walk in Washington, D.C.  on March 10th at the House of Sweden at 8:30 – 11:00am. As members of DC’s professional network of women, we believe that this is a perfect opportunity for you and members of your community to empower women leaders at all levels.

 The Global Mentoring Walks convene established and emerging women leaders to walk together in their communities around the world every year. As they walk, each established leader guides, advises and supports an emerging leader as they discuss personal and professional challenges and triumphs. Held on the same day in countries around the world in celebration of International Women’s Day, the Global Mentoring Walks are a movement for women’s empowerment through paying it forward and knowledge sharing. Hosted this year at the House of Sweden, featured speakers will include the Swedish Ambassador, Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter and esteemed artist, Anna U Davis.

 We are still accepting participants to serve as both mentees and mentors! Mentors are women leaders who are established in their industry and looking to give back and help the next generation of women leaders reach their full potential. Mentees are emerging women leaders who are in the early stages of her career, ideally between the ages of 15 and 25. Those who are interested can sign up here: https://www.vitalvoices.org/dc-registration/

 We would greatly appreciate it if you would share this opportunity with the women in your community. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at mentoringwalk@vitalvoices.org.

 

 

 

 

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Anna U. Davis, Untitled, 2017, mixed media on cut‐out birch plywood, 34 1⁄2 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Galerie Myrtis 

Galerie Myrtis

Anna U. Davis

Damsels in Distress Black Edge Wall Sculpture

April 14 – June 9, 2018 Opening Reception Saturday, April 14, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

alerie Myrtis is pleased to present its first solo exhibition by graphic mixed‐media artist Anna U. Davis. In “Damsels in Distress – Black Edge Wall Sculptures” Davis critically examines issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality. By combing black and white ink, and acrylic paint to contoured birch plywood, Davis creates sculptural figures that explore misogynistic behavior and investigates the physical and emotional impact through her personal lens.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The exhibit runs from April 14th through June 9th. Visit website for programming information. www.GalerieMyrtis.net

Anna U. Davis states, “We only see the top of the iceberg. What lurks beneath, are stereotypes highly steeped in tradition, culture and religious beliefs. These stereotypes are holding women back from reaching their full potential. It will take all of us to change this pattern. Men have to take action, instead of sitting on the sidelines and accepting the sexist behavior that occurs in daily interactions. Men need to speak up and show by example their disapproval of these attitudes. Women should empower each other and not undermine each other. We are not enemies, even though I have witnessed the repeated interaction between women that reinforce the very things that keep us down. Women are so often portrayed and treated as victims in need of rescuing, hence the title of the show “Damsels in Distress.”

The works exhibited investigates these issues and draws from my personal beliefs and experiences. From the girl who grew up in Sweden to the woman living her life in the United States, I grew up believing that I could become whatever I dreamed of and I was lucky to have encouraging parents and live in a progressive city in Sweden. Sweden is, after all, a country which is number five on the list of most gender equal countries in the world. Regardless of those circumstances, Swedish society was not without inequality and sexist views. Girls and boys are indoctrinated from an early age with gender expectations. Girls are supposed to act in a certain way; be pretty, accommodating and nurturing. They are the designated caretakers, while boys are taught to be strong, aggressive, and bold. They are the providers and the protectors. Why is it that when girls show qualities which resemble the characteristics of a leader, they are called “bossy,” the word is used as a negative connotation; while boys exhibiting the same characteristics are praised for their determination and leadership skills. Attitudes have to change, amongst both men and women. If we can't do that, this vicious circle will never be broken. 

The idea behind the construction of the work in “Damsels in Distress,” originated from transforming my grey “Frocasian” (an amalgam of Afro and Caucasian) characters of my mixed media paintings into starkly black and white drawings, exploring my subject matter primarily through line and form. These black and white drawings became the inspiration for the development of the wall sculptures exhibited in “Damsels in Distress.” called “Black Edge.” The “Black Edge” sculptures are constructed with black and white ink, and acrylic paint applied onto cut‐out birch plywood, and it's contour defined by its black painted edges. These plywood sculptures immersed from the idea of deconstructing the common support medium structure, the rectangle. By separating the figures from the picture plane and installing their cut‐out shapes slightly away from the wall, you are left with a more fluid creation, which breaks away from traditional structure and form.”

For additional information on this exhibition, please contact the gallery at (410) 235‐3711 or

info@galeriemyrtis.com 

GALERIE MYRTIS
2224 North Charles Street * Baltimore, MD 21218 410.235-3711 * GalerieMyrtis.net 

 

 

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Anna U. Davis, Sad Girl, 2017, mixed media on cut‐out birch plywood, 43 x 43 1⁄2 inches. Courtesy of Galerie Myrtis 

Upcoming shows - "Witnesses" & "Damsels in Distress - Black Edge Wall Sculptures by Anna U Davis"

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Anna U Davis solo exhibition "Witnesses" EXTENDED at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

On display from January 13 - March 11, 2018


Open to the public Saturdays & Sundays 12 - 5 pm.

Exhibition is on display in
House of Sweden
2900 K St NW, Washington
DC 20007
(202) 536-1500

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COMING UP:

BLACK EDGE -  A solo exhibition of wall sculptures by Anna U Davis at Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore.

April 14 - June 9, 2018.

http://galeriemyrtis.net

Thank you!

WHAT A YEAR! Thank you so much for your support!

My solo exhibition "Witnesses" at the Embassy of Sweden had 15000 visitors. Just incredible!!!!

***I am so excited to share that the Embassy of Sweden has decided to extend my "Witnesses" exhibition period, so stay tuned for dates after the holidays.***

The embassy is closed over the holidays, but will reopen on January 13, 2018.

Big thanks to everyone at the Embassy of Sweden!

Extra shoutout to the first female ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, Linda Zachrison, Jenny Mählqvist, and Monica Enqvist.

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NEXT UP: In April I will open a solo exhibition at Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore. Stayed tune for more details.

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You’re Invited to a Panel Discussion with two Breakthrough Swedish Artists Anna U Davis and Carolina Falkholt

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You’re Invited to a Panel Discussion with two Breakthrough Swedish Artists Anna U Davis and Carolina Falkholt

December 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in House of Sweden. Doors open 6:30 pm. Event starts 7:00 pm.
The panel discussion will be followed by a reception.

In collaboration with International Arts & Artists, the Embassy of Sweden proudly invites you to a panel discussion in honor of two of Sweden’s finest contemporary artists: Anna U Davis, whose exhibition “Witnesses” is on display in House of Sweden, and Carolina Falkholt, currently in residence in New York City. Davis and Falkholt join moderator Phil Hutinet in a discussion examining their work within the context of the contemporary art landscape in the United States and abroad.

Anna U. Davis is a mixed media artist. Davis will discuss her current exhibition, “Witnesses” which is an investigation of the struggles and challenges faced by women, as well as the qualities that make them equal and empowered.
 
Carolina Falkholt a.k.a. “Blue”, is a mural and graffiti artist whose practice combines painting, drawing, performance, text, music, and video. In her work, she challenges conventional notions of gender and the female form.

Hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and moderated by Phil Hutinet, founding publisher of East City Art.

Date: December 5
Time: Doors open 6:30, Panel Discussion stars 7:00 pm
Location: House of Sweden


Click here to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-swedish-contemporary-art-tickets-40159183198
 

Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007.
A photo ID and security check will be required for entrance.
Photo: Anna U Davis (top), Carolina Falkholt (bottom).

 

This Thursday, October 12, 6 PM!!!! Artist talk with slide projection @ the Embassy of Sweden

October is breast cancer awareness month and for me it is personal.

I hope you can join me for my artist talk about my next project "Road to Recovery," based on my own breast cancer journey.

I will tell my story and project the drawings I created during my diagnosis and following treatments.

Event: Thursday, October 12, between 6-8 pm (event starts at 6:30 pm) at

The Embassy of Sweden,  2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Please remember to register 

Click here to attend

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Witnesses by Anna U Davis at The Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC opening September 7, 2017

Exhibition Opening - Witnesses by Anna U Davis

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Welcome to the opening of our new exhibition "Witnesses" by Anna U Davis
Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 PM in House of Sweden
Doors open 6:30 PM. Event start 7:00 PM


Anna U Davis is known for her bold, colorful, graphic mixed-media work, where she explores her fascination with gender relations. She has been awarded multiple DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in NY for her upcoming project "Road to Recovery". Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Davis currently resides and works in Washington, D.C. Join us in House of Sweden for the opening event, meet Anna and explore her work.

 

Anna U Davis About the Exhibition
Why are we Curious, Passionate, Suspicious, Jealous, Conscientious, Self-conscious, Unsure, Calm, Insecure, Balanced, Mature and Independent? We tend to think of personality traits as good or bad, but where does these features stem from? Can you narrow down a specific character's origin to one specific moment? Or is a personality conceived after a repeated pattern of experiences? Could I figure out specific events in my own life, that molded my continuous quest in exploring my role as a woman in this World? My craving to investigate not only the struggles and challenges we face as women, but the qualities that makes us equal and empowered. In preparation for this project, I decided to conduct an assessment test, which I handed out to family, and friends, in order to figure out my most prominent character traits. From the data collected and from a period of contemplation and discussion, I was able to conceive a series of black and white drawings based on experiences that seemed to have implemented these different personality traits. In the exhibit “Witnesses” I have transformed the black and white drawings into mixed media paintings and sculptures.

More about Anna U Davis and her work here

Singer-songwriter DeWilde will be performing during the event.
Listen to DeWilde's Music here or at  Spotify and iTunes under "DeWilde".
 

 

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Tiny tiny detail of new piece for my solo exhibit at Embassy of Sweden this fall. More info coming soon.

DC Citypaper's People Issue

Originally hailing from Sweden, Anna U Davis has spent most of her time as a working artist in D.C., exhibiting at multiple galleries and twice receiving a D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities fellowship. She works with great precision, applying thousands upon thousands of tiny collage pieces to painted backgrounds and painstakingly outlining them in black. The resulting works depict female figures in sometimes surreal scenarios and confront issues of gender and race in surprising and bold ways.  —Stephanie Rudig

When did you start working with collage?

Somewhere after school. I went to UDC, and we had to take African-American art history. So in that class [the professor] had us do these collages, and I got very intrigued with what I could do with that. I left it at that. It wasn’t until after I graduated that all of a sudden I was like, ‘Oh, I should really try to infuse the collage.’ The seed started there, and then just happened naturally after I finished school in 2002.

So you came to D.C. from Sweden, specifically for college?

No. My husband is half Swedish, half African American, and his dad lived here, and we wanted to do something different. So that’s how I started. I wasn’t thinking necessarily of going to art school. I was doing the art, but it was more based on, “OK, we’re going here.” 

So you have those family ties, and have stayed for that reason, but have you been inspired to stay here otherwise?

In the beginning, I didn’t feel like it’s this artsy town. It’s this town where you can do something, because the scene needs to be developed. You can actually do something cool here. You’re in the midst of all this politics, and everything happens here. When I first came, the art scene was in Dupont Circle. Another one was 14th street, in the same building there was a bunch of galleries. Now I think it’s only one left, the Hemphill. But they cannot stay. Which is a sad part of the city. You see that galleries can’t stay in the locations, it’s so expensive. 

Aside from the issues of having space to show and being able to afford the rent, what other challenges do you see D.C. artists facing right now?

I think that the city is becoming a cooler and cooler city, in general. It’s more hip, it’s more than politics. You wish that it can also bleed over into the artistic community. You know that the money is here to buy a lot of art, but a lot of the buyers will go to other places. I just got a new collector, which was really exciting because they told me they only collect D.C. local artists. I haven’t heard that before. 

Do you think that D.C. has influenced your work?

It must have, the whole city probably. My figures are based on the interracial relationship between my husband, who’s black, and I’m white, and then I went to a predominantly black school. Of course that influenced me, for just a brief second to be where you’re the minority, which, I would always be the majority in Sweden. And I’m continuing with also being here in D.C. with the politics, and being a woman. Because I feel coming from a Northern European country, where, we’re not equal, but Sweden is different. 

Much of your work is the female form. Is any of that a reaction to the different power structures you see? 

Probably yes, because it’s very male dominated. You see that here, of course, because it’s the politics. So many important decisions are made here every day. And now [post-election], I don’t even know. I mean it’s like, are we gonna go back to the kitchen? Back to ancient times? 

You just did a collaboration with Dacha Supper Club. How did that come about? 

Two owners are collectors of my work. They commissioned me to do a big piece, the Dacha Garden with all the people in it. I slightly altered the figures for that too, to capture some of these people they wanted in it. I usually don’t do commissions, but it was a very interesting, challenging thing to do. And the biggest piece I’ve ever done, on canvas. It’s seven by 10 foot. First we were going to have just an inauguration for the piece, but I’m really good friends with one of them, so we’re like, let’s do a whole event, instead of just that one piece. Some of it was my past, and several was what I’m doing right now.

Pollock-Krasner Grant for my project "Road to Recovery"

I am so honored and excited to announce that I have been awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in NYC, in support of the creation of "Road to Recovery" a project based on my own breast cancer journey.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, grants support to artists' personal and/or professional expenses for one year. Since it's inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded over 61 million dollars to artist in 76 countries. www.pkf.org

- Anna